Fairfax County's larger parks have well-known scenic loop trails, but other such loops are "hidden gems". In a series of photo albums we'll post some of our favorites.
Much of the 1.75-mile CCT/Browns Mill/Beulah Loop is along roads--usually what
Please join "Walk On" Ray Smith for a 5-mile scenic hike along a mostly-wooded portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail on November 19 9am. Much of this route will be hiked for the first time as a public event.
Meet at the Lorton Workhouse at 9am (corner of parking lot nearest Workhouse Road at Rt 123)
See www.meetup.com/KennedyMarches/events/234605969/ for late details
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Many studies document the positive impact of trails on their communities. The Trails Benefits Library provides easy clickable access to 120 such studies. They are accessible by date, region, trail user group, and benefit--e.g. to property values, health, safety, and more....
On July 23, 2016, Eagle Scout Tanner Lofgran and his crew of 17 refurbished a badly-overgrown and wet section of the Sugarland Run Trail. They had to deal with 90+ temperatures and angry yellow-jackets (one volunteer was stung 6 times and had to be evacuated--but he is OK). Tanner designed the drier route and coordinated a team effort to lift a huge log up from the stream bed to anchor a section of trail .
Here are some photos of Tanner's team at work!
On June 18, 2016, Jack Whitehead completed his Eagle Project to improve the PHNST at Bles Park. Jack improved 500 feet at the western end of the park. This hilly, rocky section was badly in need of widening and leveling of tread. Jack obtained permission from the nearby homeowners association to access the site--this made it much easier to bring tools and supplies.
A second Eagle project is in the works to improve the trail from Jack's area eastward toward the main part of Bles Park.
Jack's project stops at the end of the Loudoun County Parkland. There is a sign there indicating where the park property ends.
Below are photos from Jack's team as they did their work.
Join "Walk On" Ray Smith for a Grand Loop hike of the Potomac Heritage Trail and Cross County Trail
Sat. May 28 8:30am Potomac Heritage Trail Rosslyn to Great Falls
Sun. May 29 8:30am Entire Cross-County Trail (41 miles) "Hua's Hike"
Mon. May 30 8:30am Mt Vernon Trail (Grist Mill Park to Rosslyn)